General Poetry posted September 25, 2016 Chapters:  ...19 20 -21- 22... 


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A chapter in the book Family 6

I Just Discovered

by Barb Hensongispsaca

Failure Contest Winner 
after sixteen long hard years
you finally called me
a failure

I began to think that I was
long before you arrived at
your revelation

while you worked
I slaved for you
for us
to prove myself to you
to me

I cooked for you
cleaned for you
hauled in wood
so that we could survive
through the harsh winter

through life

I spent so many nights
alone
while you were gone for work
alone
trying to survive
alone
keeping control of life's problems
alone

now you call me a failure
because I can't keep up
because I'm old
because I'm tired
because...why?
I really don't know why

I have not failed you
I have failed
me

for allowing myself
to believe
you

I have demonstrated
my strengths
over and
over
every day I spent with you
even in all the little things I did
just to see you smile

I gave you everything
but still you see me
as a failure

I walk away
but
I walk away with my pride

I am not a failure

Writing Prompt
Write a free verse poem about failure. No rhyming patterns.

Failure
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